Wednesday, September 17, 2014

***** Intrepid 7 photos *****

Shelley sent a few pics that I've added to the Intrepid 7 Album. I've added a comment to each, but you may have to scroll down the page to see it, depending on your screen resolution. PHOTOS

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

***** Trail Clearing, Friday, September 19, 2014 *****

We will be trail clearing this Friday, September 19th. Meet at Sear's parking lot at 10:00 am. Bring a lunch, we should be finished by 2:00 pm.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Horne Lake Island, September 15, 2014

Commentary and photos by Allan R.
Al and Charlotte led 16 hikers (including a new hiker, Helen) from the ski hill to Horne Lake Island where we had our lunch overlooking the lake.  It was cool and sunny with a fragrance of fall in the air.  PHOTOS

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Banana Lake West Trail Clearing

Commentary and photos by Phill B. 
Five of us cleared the trail into Banana Lake from the west end on Friday 12 Sept. The trail was in very poor shape and had not been used for some time. Due to high water levels we had to build a temporary bridge over a submerged beaver dam. The trail is now open and well marked all the way into Banana Lake at the old campsite. PHOTOS

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Trans Canada Trail, September 11, 2014

Photos by Astrid T.
Six of us tackled the Trans Canada Trail today starting behind No Frills and ending on Stinson Lake Road.  Some rugged terrain, a bit of bushwacking, terrific views, excellent company and NO BUGS.  We covered about 5 kms in 3 1/2 hours. PHOTOS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

***** Hiker Chicks *****

September's Hiker Chicks dinner will be held on Friday, September 19th at Putters (Elliot Lake Golf Course), 5 pm.  Please contact Astrid BEFORE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16 at 578-2095 or email if you would like to attend.

***** Trail Clearing *****

We will be clearing the Banana Lake trail on Friday, September 12.  Any members interested in joining us, please come to the Sears parking lot by 10 am.  

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Westner Lake and Horne Island, September 9, 2014

Photos by Astrid T.
Another beautiful day in Elliot Lake as 18 members hiked to the Westner Lake dam, then picked up the Paul Echle trail and looped back to Horne Island via the bunny slopes of the ski hill.  Lunch overlooking Horne Lake with a cooling breeze before a short hike back to the cars.  PHOTOS,

Sunday, September 07, 2014

***** Reminders to Members *****

Reminders to Members: 
  1. Hike Leaders’ Meeting at the clubhouse on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 2:30 p.m 
  2. V.T.A. Photography Contest: You have until the end of Sept. to submit your photos to the VTA website . Click on “News” and then click on “40th anniversary.” 
  3. V.T.A. 40th Anniversary Hike Challenge: Check with the V.T.A. website for the official form. Click on “News” and then click on “40th anniversary.” You can record your 40 km of hikes along any of the V.T.A. trails which you did between Sept. 2013 and Sept. 2014. 
  4. New Voyageur Trail Guidebooks have now been printed. Some trail changes and updates in the 700+ km along the V.T.A. have been made. To avoid paying postage, it might be easier to contact the V.T.A to order one and just pick it up the next time you are in Sault Ste-Marie. The cost of the new Guidebooks is $30.00. Go to click on “store” click on drop down menu that says “Members Shipped $42.00”. The menu will show you “Members Pick up Yourself $30.00” . You could also just call the V.T.A.

***** Message from Debbie Berthelot re: Serpent River *****

Dear All,

Rio Algom Limited is planning to conduct a dye test at our Quirke effluent treatment facility the week of 8 thru 12 September.  The purpose of the dye test is to determine the retention time in our Quirke Settling Ponds during low flow conditions following maintenance completed on Dam D in the Fall of 2013.  The dye being used is non-toxic but may cause a red discolouration in the Serpent River downstream of the Quirke treatment system during this testing period.  The dye testing is being conducted by Calder Engineering with the support of Denison Environmental Services.

As key stakeholders we wanted to inform you prior to commencing this important test work and request your support in directing any public inquiries to me at 705 848 0111.

Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

Debbie Berthelot
Site Manager ON and BC
Rio Algom Limited